Thursday, 31 March 2016

A Body in Berkeley Square (Captain Lacey, #5)A Body in Berkeley Square by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At a ball in Berkeley Square a body is found, stabbed with the knife of Captain Lacey's former commander and friend Colonel Brandon.
Lacey is determined to find the true murderer even without the help of Brandon. Why? What is Brandon hiding?
A good story, ready for the next one.

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Mr. Darcy's Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary NovellaMr. Darcy's Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Novella by Regina Jeffers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At Rosings while Elizabeth is reading the letter from Darcy she is accidentally caught in an animal trap. While walking the grounds Darcy thinks he sees Wickham, but before he can determine the truth he finds Elizabeth and to help her from the trap he must compromised her. It is only later that he realises the letter has gone. What damage can Wickham do, and can Elizabeth ever accept Darcy?

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Players' Boy Is Dead (Joan & Matthew Stock, #1)The Players' Boy Is Dead by Leonard Tourney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Elizabethan Chelmsford a band of actors have come to perform at Saltmarsh Hall. Then one of the players is found dead.
Now it is Constable Matthew Stock's duty to find the killer.
Probably interested enough to read the next in the series;
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9th Circle (Darc Murders, #1)9th Circle by Carolyn McCray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A killer in Seattle is aiming to recreate the nine circles of hell. Detectives Robi Darcmel and Trey Keane are the person's trail knowing that a little girl who had been rescued by Darmel is the key to solving the puzzle.
What I didn't like was that we never knew how the clues were solved by Darcmel.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Crooked FingerThe Crooked Finger by Angus McVicar
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ir's the 1930's Scotland and on her 21st birthday Eileen Munro receives an envelope from her long-dead father, outlining the location of a treasure,
With the help of a friend Jimmy, they locate the island - Oronach - and start the search.
At times their was too much Scots dialect, and then out of nowhere comes the words “Eileen greeted them both with a Nazi salute.” and the purpose of this is?
A NetGalley book.

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Corpus Delicti (Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries #7)Corpus Delicti by Keith McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A missing son of a senior civil servant, a suicide; and the death of a burglar which DI Beverley Wharton is instructed to close quickly. Are any of this events connected?
And what is the state of the relationship between Eisenmenger and Flemming?
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Mary, Mary, How Extraordinary (The Adventures of Miss Mary Bennet #3)Mary, Mary, How Extraordinary by S.M. Klassen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing story of Mary Bennet and her life in London as she has a season with Georgiana. And will the investigation into the spy affair finally be resolved.
Unfortunately now finished. Look forward to reading all three volumes again.

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Strings of Glass (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)Strings of Glass by Emily Kimelman


Sydney Rye is on holiday in India, with boyfriend Dan when she stops the attempted rape and murder of Anita, a journalist. She tell of the story she is investigating - the exploitation of children - resulting in Sydney deciding to rescue the children and bring the guilty to justice.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Deceived - A Darc Murders prequel (#2) short story to 9th CircleDeceived - A Darc Murders prequel (#2) short story to 9th Circle by Ben Hopkin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short story - partners for ten years Detectives Robi Darcmel and Trey Keane are investigating the Kupid Killer.
A killer who has been murdering unfaithful people, but not for the last five years


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Mary, Mary, Oh So ContraryMary, Mary, Oh So Contrary by S.M. Klassen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing adventures of the new Miss Mary Bennet as she is summoned to Pemberley to help an ill Georgiana. Where they discover a shocking plot.
I never give a new read 5 stars but I was very tempted, Loved this book and can't wait to start the next book.


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Saturday, 26 March 2016

8th Amendment8th Amendment by Jonna Ivin


Stopped reading when the author describes a woman as "a plain looking girl who one might expect to find working at a library or a bookstore."
Rude.

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Death at the Theatre (Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate #2)Death at the Theatre by Celina Grace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joan Hart and her friend, and co-worker, Verity Hunter are attending the theatre courtesy of free tickets from Verity's uncle Tommy, an actor in the play.
Unfortunately at the interval a body is found at the end of the row in front of them.
The two servants are faced with Detective Inspector Marks, who they met on a previous case. Can they help Marks solve the case.
A very enjoyable read.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Why Kill A Countess? (Harriet Honeywood Mystery #1)Why Kill A Countess? by Kate Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Harriet Honeywood, her fiancee Viscount Talisker with their friend Charles Lampforth are invited to a weekend house party by the Dowager Countess, Lady Gracedale.
Anticipating a quiet weekend with the Dowager's family turns into an investigation of murder.
An enjoyable read

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Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His EyesDarcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At 560 pages I felt this was a big long, the first 60% of the book took the tale to the engagement of Darcy and Elizabeth which was the more interesting part.
Not too sure that the awful character of Darcy at the beginning of the tale was able to change enough to be acceptable to Elizabeth, but he seemed to change overnight.
I found the post engagement part a bit too 'sweet' for me.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Checkmate (The Harry Starke Novels Book 4)Checkmate by Blair Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The body of Angela Hartwell is found in the waters on a golf course, a year after the death of her husband.
With an overworked police department Harry Starke is asked solve the case. But with more murders, a possibly corrupt car dealership and bank officials who is the murderer or is their more than one.
At the beginning I did wonder if there was going to be too much description of golf playing, thankfully not.
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Doctor Watson's Battle (Kindle Single) (The Dr Watson Adventure series)Doctor Watson's Battle (Kindle Single) by Patrick Mercer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holmes, Watson and Bowler attend a Regimental Fete and during an enactment a body is found. Murder or accident? And what could be the motive.
Quite a bit of this story is taken up with Dr. Watson's love life with the widow of a former comrade which doesn't forward the plot.
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Devious -  A Darc Murders prequel (#1) short story to 9th CircleDevious - A Darc Murders prequel (#1) short story to 9th Circle by Ben Hopkin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Seattle, Abby Lockwood has just left a nightclub when she believes she is being followed. Will she become the Hairless Harry 7th victim?
Detective Darc and his new partner Officer Trey Keane investigate.
An interesting story which I believe is the start of a series

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His EyesCaptain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Persuasion from the point of view of Captain Wentworth, his thoughts, his anguish, his actions, from the first time he sees Anne Elliott until after their marriage.
Loved this story

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With a Passion Put to Use  (Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries #6)With a Passion Put to Use by Keith McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John Eisenmenger is working as a locum in the pathology department and is totally unimpressed by the staff leading to queries about the causes of death. Meanwhile DI Beverley Wharton an acquaintance of his, can't convince herself that several deaths are not murder.
They come together to try and determine the truth.
As this is the first of the series that I have read I not sure if events mentioned have occurred in previous books or not, but I think I enjoyed this enough to start at the beginning.
A NetGalley book.

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Monday, 21 March 2016

The Impress of Heaven (In the Den of the English Lion Book 2)The Impress of Heaven by Neal Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With the continuing story of Serjeant Noah Ames its 1599, London.
He has accepted a commission to investigate the Earl of Essex, meanwhile a murder is committed in the Tower, his daughter Lady Jessica has designs to remarry and a map of the English military positions in Ireland has been stolen.
An enjoyable read.
Again the story is told in the present tense, unfortunately.
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Soupçon of Poison (Kat Holloway, #0.5)A Soupçon of Poison by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London, 1880 and Mrs Kat Holloway is cook to the demanding Sir Lionel Leigh-Bradbury. When he is found murdered with one of her knives in his back she is the one accused.
Can her friendship with the mysterious Daniel McAdam help find the real murderer.
I believe this is the first in a new series, looking forward to reading the next book

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An Illicit Engagement (The Gentlemen Next Door, #2)An Illicit Engagement by Cecilia Gray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Chastity Drummond has decided she must marry to save her father's company and the person to help her is Lord Lucas Willoughby, who has been engaged six times and jilted six times and for each of the ladies to marry gentlemen who became wealthy after they were married.
What could go wrong?

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #4.7)The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London in 1817, and Miss Sarah Oswald went missing 8 months earlier. Her father asks for help from Lacey as a last effort in finding her, though the only possible options are that she has died or lost her reputation.

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The Three Deaths of Magdalene LyntonThe Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Worthington is dying, so now is the time to confess to the murder of Magdalene Lynton forty years previously although the official cause of death was drowning.
Detective Ngaire Blakes is assigned the case trying to unravel the actual events of Magdalene last day but can peoples' memories be relied on, who is protecting who.

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Friday, 18 March 2016

The Gentleman's Walking Stick  (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #4.6)The Gentleman's Walking Stick by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An ex-army comrade asks Lacey to find his walking stick which he had mislaid the previous evening - losing it would cause problems with his fiancée and more importantly her father.
A short story.

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Constant Hearts, Inspired by Jane Austen's PersuasionConstant Hearts, Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion by Donna Hatch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Six years earlier 17 year old Lady Amelia rejected the socially unacceptable doctor Reed St. Ives. Her subsequent marriage and divorce left her being shunned, but now she is back in London and meets Reed again. Can they put the past behind them, or is it too late.
Short but enjoyable.

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Darkness Falls Upon Pemberley: A Supernatural Pride & Prejudice NovellaDarkness Falls Upon Pemberley: A Supernatural Pride & Prejudice Novella by Susan Adriani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the events at Ramsgate, Georgiana Darcy is changed forever. When she sends Darcy away he arrives at Netherfield only to be bewitched by Elizabeth Bennet, but Mr. Bennet does his best to keep them apart. But what is her power over him and the secret that the Bennets are hiding. Can Darcy ever be accepted by Elizabeth.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Necklace Affair (Captain Lacey, #4.5)The Necklace Affair by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London 1817 and Captain Lacey is asked by Lady Clifford to find her stolen necklace. While her maid has been arrested for the theft she believes that her companion is the guilty party. Lacey aims to unravel the problem.

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Russian Hill - Chasing Chinatown Book 1 (Abby Kane FBI Thriller, #3)Russian Hill - Chasing Chinatown Book 1 by Ty Hutchinson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the three part Chasing Chinatown series, beginning in San Francisco.
Is there a connection between a case the SFPD is investigating and the death of a hiker. FBI Agent believes there is and joins forces with Kang to find the killer.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a GentlemanMr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the Hunsford proposal and its rejection Darcy begins to rethink his actions and attitude, starting with Bingley and Jane. But does he make the situation worse, will he and Elizabeth every come to an understanding. There is a lot of dialogue in this story but it kept my interest.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dangerous HabitsDangerous Habits by Susan Hunter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reporter Leah Nash investigates the death of her sister five years previously -unfortunately I didn't like the main character but I did finish the book.

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The Doppelganger DeathsThe Doppelganger Deaths by Edmund Glasby
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's Manchester in the 1970's and Detective Inspector Gregory Vaughn has been called to the scene of a car accident to find the driver dead and a doll in the passenger seat, posed exactly like the victim. With a note stating that this is the first of six.
Can Vaughn find the motive and the killer before all six are killed.
Should be said that the British don't have homicides as written in this book they have murders.
A NetGalley Book.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

The Deepest Wound (Jack Murphy Thriller #3)The Deepest Wound by Rick Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Murphy and his partner Blanchard are called to investigate the appearance of a head at a dump site in Indiana. More heads are found in Illinois, then other body parts.
We are told the names and background of the killers but it is who they work for that is the mystery.
An enjoyable read.
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Mr. Darcy in Want of a Wife (Pride and Prejudice Revisited)Mr. Darcy in Want of a Wife by Jack Gunthridge


This is basically the original Pride and Prejudice up to the engagement of Mr Collins and Charlotte - with just a few differences. No idea what the point of the book is as you would be better off just reading the wonderful original.

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Remember the Past: ...only as it gives you pleasureRemember the Past: ...only as it gives you pleasure by Maria Grace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this variation it is an Admiral Thomas Bennet, with Jane, Elizabeth and twin sons who are travelling to their new estate in Derbyshire. Moving themselves from a life at sea, London and Longbourne.
They met with Darcy, and his two sons from a marriage with Anne deBourgh, Pemberley also hosts the Colonel and Lady Catherine.
How will they all get on, how will Wickham, friend to Darcy behave.
Not to canon - new characters and new situations unfold.

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Deadbeat DadDeadbeat Dad by J.R. Rain


I have read several Rain books so I was looking forward to reading this but I just couldn't get into this one.
A NetGalley book

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

The Sudbury School Murders (Captain Lacey, #4)The Sudbury School Murders by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Captain Lacey is offered employment at the Sudbury School to discover the person behind a series of pranks. Unfortunately this escalates to murder. Can the Captain find the guilty suspect before more murders occur.
Still loving this series.

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Friday, 11 March 2016

The other Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice PrequelThe other Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Prequel by Amanda Foley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

There are characters called - Viscount William Darcy, Wickham, and an estate called Pemberley but what this has to do with the Pride and Prejudice Darcy I have no idea. It would have been a better story without trying for the P&P connections.

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BorderlineBorderline by Joseph Badal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two New Mexico detectives are given the case of the murder of a Albuquerque socialite. In this case it is not the too few suspects that is their problem but too many as this beautiful but evil female has spent her life destroying peoples lives.
Very satisfying read

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Love Lasts Longest: Alternate Short Tales of Pride and PrejudiceLove Lasts Longest: Alternate Short Tales of Pride and Prejudice by Rose Fairbanks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some sweet stories about Darcy and Elizabeth, a couple of which I would have liked to have been longer.

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Murder StoreThe Murder Store by Dani Amore
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

FBI profiler Wallace Mack is called in to find the missing daughter of a Senator - soon he finds an online store for killers to pick their victims.
The book that I downloaded had this story but the title of 'Wallace Mack #1'

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Susanna and the Spy (Susanna and the Spy, #1)Susanna and the Spy by Anna Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A historical mystery and romance which I found to be an enjoyable read.
Susanna Ward, is between employment as a governess when she is travelling passed her ancestral home only to find that her grandfather has died. Events lead her to stay at the Hall and become aware of smuggling occurring on the Kentish coast.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Viscount and the Vicar's DaughterThe Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter by Heather Diane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophie Bantling,the Vicar's daughter spends her time helping out at home, saving her younger twin brothers from scraps and visiting her best friend.
The the local estate owner - Viscount of Wimberton - enters her life and that of the village, as her life becomes more exciting.
Not my usual genre to read but strangely found it a very enjoyable read

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Five Kisses (Sweet Deception Regency #1)The Five Kisses by Karla Darcy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet story about the growing love between a daughter of a tutor, Gillian, and an Earl, Chad, from their first meeting when they are children.

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Darcy's DaysDarcy's Days by Fitzwilliam Darcy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1796 and Darcy of Pride and Prejudice is writing his diary from just before visiting Netherfield with Bingley, including his view of the British political and economic situation. Finishing just as his marriage approaches.

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Pride and Sensuality: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short StoryPride and Sensuality: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short Story by P.O. Dixon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short story covering the couple of weeks before their wedding - Darcy and Elizabeth - with a tale of their pleasurable activities while at Longbourn.

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Cry of the PeacockCry of the Peacock by V.R. Christensen


In this Victorian romance - Arabella Gray is invited by her family's ex-landlords to live with them at Holdaway Hall. But why have the Crawfords done so and what price must Arabella pay.
It is a slow moving tale, at times I wished it was quicker.

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Monday, 7 March 2016

A Tender Moment: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short StoryA Tender Moment: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short Story by P.O. Dixon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's several weeks since the Meryton Assembly and Darcy's comments about Elizabeth, and now he is heard insulting Mrs Bennet by Elizabeth at the home of Sir William Lucas. Struggling with his attraction to Elizabeth what can he say to get Elizabeth to consider him worthy of her affection.

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Expecting His Proposal: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short StoryExpecting His Proposal: A Darcy and Elizabeth Short Story by P.O. Dixon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While visiting Hunsford Elizabeth reflects on her feeling toward Darcy - of affection - and ensures that she doesn't behave as have other ladies towards to him, hoping that he will offer marriage. When Darcy does and is accepted not is all straightforward as they travel towards their wedding.


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Steele Resolve (The Detective Jasmine Steele Series Book 1)Steele Resolve by Kimberly Amato
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Detective Jasmine Steele investigates a series of murders - for me there was too much personal stuff and not enough about the murders

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